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Merry Christmas, Stephen Leacock : a chamber opera for string quintet and three singers ; Concertino… Weisensel, Neil Andrew 1999

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MERRY CHRISTMAS, STEPHENLEACOCK (a chamber opera for string quintet and three singers) CONCERTINO (for two pianos and percussion) STRING QUARTET #1 an excerpt from THE MASTER'S STROKE (an opera for seven singers, chorus, and instrumental quintet) by NEIL ANDREW WEISENSEL B. Mus., The University of Manitoba, 1989 FOUR MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF MUSIC in THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES (School of Music; Composition Programme) We accept this thesis as conforming to the required standard  THETlwrVERSITY Ob^BRITISH COLUMBIA April 1999 © Neil Andrew Weisensel, 1999  UBC Special Collections - Thesis Authorisation Form  Page 1 of 1  In presenting t h i s t h e s i s i n p a r t i a l f u l f i l m e n t o f t h e requirements f o r an advanced degree a t t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f B r i t i s h Columbia, I a g r e e t h a t t h e L i b r a r y s h a l l make i t f r e e l y a v a i l a b l e f o r r e f e r e n c e and s t u d y . I f u r t h e r a g r e e t h a t p e r m i s s i o n f o r e x t e n s i v e c o p y i n g o f t h i s t h e s i s f o r s c h o l a r l y p u r p o s e s may b e g r a n t e d b y t h e h e a d o f my department o r by h i s o r h e r r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s . I t i s understood that copying o r p u b l i c a t i o n o f t h i s thesis for f i n a n c i a l gain s h a l l not be a l l o w e d w i t h o u t my w r i t t e n p e r m i s s i o n .  .Bepai Lille l i t  of  The U n i v e r s i t y o f B r i t i s h V a n c o u v e r , Canada  Columbia  http ://www. library .ubc. ca/ spcoll/thesauth. html  03/05/99  Abstract:  Four separate compositions make up this thesis. The chamber opera Merry Christmas Stephen Leacock is conceived as a one-act opera for film. There are three characters, portrayed by soprano, tenor and baritone voices, and musical support is provided by a string quintet with the following configuration: two violins, viola, and two cellos. The text, from a Leacock short story, was adapted into a libretto by writer Pamela Post. Composition of the work started in September 1997 and was completed in December of that same year. Revisions were completed by June of 1998. Total duration: ca. 18 min. The instrumental piece, Concertino, was started in October 1996 andfinishedJune 1997. The musical forces required for this piece are two pianos and two percussionists playing the following, vibraphone, marimba, xylophone, toms, snare drum, and crotales. The piece is in four movements: I. Commotion II. Comfort III. Carnaval IV. Convergence/Confluence V. Coda Total duration: 18 min. 10 sec. The composition of String Quartet #1 (first movement of a set of variations on an original theme) was started in late February and completed on March 15, 1998. A themefroman earlier orchestral piece, Suite for Orchestra (1995), is developed in this quartet. Total duration: 4 min. 30 sec. The Master's Stroke is a 90-minute opera for seven main characters, SATB chorus, and chamber orchestra. The excerpt presented here isfromAct I Scene I, and is scored for piano, cello, clarinet, violin and percussion. Composition commenced in earnest in January of 1999, and the score was completed in mid-April of that same year. Total duration: 10 min.  ii  TABLE OF CONTENTS Abstract  ii  Acknowledgements  iV  Merry Christmas Stephen Leacock  1  Concertino  71.  String Quartet #1  91.  The Master's Stroke  100.  Acknowledgements: There are a few groups and individuals without whom my compositions would have never seen the light of day. In particular I would like to thank my parents for their seemingly limitless supply of love and support; Pamela Post, for her love and encouragement, and for helping me always to see the big picture; Martha Lou (Louie) Henley, for her enthusiasm in all things musical and her love of people; the faculty at UBC for the professional performance opportunities I was afforded while there, and especially Steve Chatman and Keith Hamel, for their fine instruction and encouragement. Merry Christmas Stephen Leacock was presented in Vancouver by Current Sound Opera(ations) in December 1997 with a grantfromthe Hamber Foundation. Many thanks to Leslie and Rosalind Beale-Dala for their talent and efforts. Concertino, for two pianos and percussion, was commissioned by The Hammerhead Consort, and funding for the composition was provided by a grantfromthe Manitoba Arts Council. The piece had its premiere on June 21st, 1997 in Edmonton. Swedish Radio Imports released a CD recording of Concertino in February of 1999 as part of a larger Hammerhead Consort recording. My String Quartet #1 was given a public presentation at the University of British Columbia School of Music by the Arditti Quartet on March 19, 1998. The Vancouver Opera Guild provided the funding for me to compose the excerpt from The Master's Stroke by way of their Career Development Grant in 1995. The Martha Lou Henley Foundation funded Michael Cavanagh in his development of the libretto. Vancouver New Music performed the excerpt as part of a fully-staged production on May 6th, 1999 at Vancouver's Christ Church Cathedral.  Neil Weisensel, May 10, 1999  iv  2bSL rrs« D  Time  1  Beaver  Merry Christmas Stephen L e a c o c k (based on a Stephen Leacock snort story)  l young  friend,  you're  en  tire  2  1/98  P  -ft—f dear  ,  Music: Neil Weisensel  58  My  M l l t a  -  ly  wrong  Leacock Young  friend?  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